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Celeb Spotting: Sonja Morgan

Sonja Morgan was among the notables who were at the weekly Monday night event: Upstairs at Beauty & Essex.

Beauty & Essex is bringing a fresh, vivacious vibe to its Monday nights with their new weekly event: Upstairs. The seasoned NY hotspot will now be hosting an LGBT event in the upstairs lounge from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM every Monday. The perfect place to unwind after a manic Monday.

Sonja Morgan enjoys Upstairs at Beauty & EssexSonja Morgan, one of The Real Housewives of New York joined the crowd upstairs looking beautiful in a little black dress, drinking cocktails, and having a great time with guests.

Photo Credit: Richard Burrowes

EXPRESS Opens It’s Biggest Store In New York’s Times Square

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EXPRESS, know for offering dual-gender fashion for going-out, casual and work. just their largest location in Times Square. The globally expanding retailer, known for its modern, sexy style, celebrated the store's grand opening on Tuesday, March 25  with a live performance by Robin Thicke.

"It's EXPRESS on steroids," said Michael Weiss, the chairman and chief executive officer of EXPRESS. "This is an elevated presentation where the homes for each category are much more defined. Our billboard, with 9,000 square feet of LED, is the biggest and highest-definition billboard in the whole of Times Square. You know nobody whispers in Times Square; they shout. And if you're going to shout, you'd better be the loudest."
The Times Square store is located in the landmark I. Miller building distinguished by its marbled frame and statues of iconic actresses including Marilyn Miller and Mary Pickford. With over 28,000 square feet, the impressive location embraces the fast-paced and tech-savvy mindset of New York City with imagery boxes, LED walls and screens, interactive iPads, mobile points of sale, and on-site charging stations to enhance the shopping experience.
Divided into three levels of women's and men's collections, the store marks the brand's grandest location to-date with a design concept that elevates the brand's current high-fashion runway layout. Design elements include French limestone floors, white brick walls, Carrera marble fixtures, crystal chandeliers, glass vitrines housing noteworthy trends and two expansive escalators to transport visitors among the three floors.
To complement the bright lights of Broadway, the high-profile store boasts three larger-than-life imagery light boxes, providing a visually fashion forward backdrop as visitors ride the escalator to the second floor.
Robin Thicke will kicked-off the retailer's grand opening event with a live performance on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.
EXPRESS TIMES SQUARE STORE1552 & 1560 Broadway (Corner of Broadway & 46th Street)
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 646-448-8376




Suave Professionals is Helping Women Everywhere Live Beautifully with New GLAM4GOOD Partnership

Suave Professionals is partnering with GLAM4GOOD to provide makeovers for deserving women and bring a touch of glam to women everywhere.

I headed to Times Square in NYC to hang with renowned style and beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson, TV’s Maria Menounos and the Suave professional stylists who are usually working on big names in Hollywood.

mm times square“Suave is dedicated to helping all women live beautifully by giving them accessible salon-quality products, and our partnership with GLAM4GOOD helps us further that commitment in a deeper way,” said David Rubin, Unilever Vice President Marketing Hair, U.S. “Together we are giving women with amazing stories of survival and bravery the makeovers they deserve to look and feel their best every day.”

ma times squareSpearheaded by Mary Alice Stephenson, GLAM4GOOD, gives life changing makeovers, dramatic giveaways and transformative fashion adventures to deserving women. GLAM4GOOD can be found on The Huffington Post. Maria Menounos, host of “EXTRA,” star of “Chasing Maria Menounos” and author, joins the mission as she believes every girl should have access to beauty, whether it’s a head-to-toe red carpet experience or simply using good quality beauty products every morning. Together, Suave, GLAM4GOOD and Maria are infusing goodness across the country, granting hair makeovers to deserving women and, with a simple click, to everyone with a free sample of NEW Natural Infusion products.

I enjoyed catching up with the Miami based Leonardo Rocco. Check out how he kicked up my curls:

I am obsessed with the new products I learned more about at the event:

NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Anti-Breakage & Strengthening products with Awapuhi Ginger

NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Moisturizing products with Macadamia Oil

NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion All Day Body products with Seaweed

 

Lee Mas En Espanol….

Suave Professionals se une a la organización GLAM4GOOD para ofrecer cambios de imagen a mujeres a través del país, regalándoles un toque de glamour. El público puede recibir muestras de los productos y tener la oportunidad de regalarles muestres de productos a otras personas en Suave.com.

Con la nueva línea de productos Suave Professionals Natural Infusion– la cual ofrece tres colecciones de calidad profesional que están hechas con ingredientes exóticos especialmente escogidos y no contienen parabenos ni tintes. Suave® ayuda a las mujeres a vivir con belleza, por dentro y por fuera.
66136-suave-professionals-maria-menounos-1-original (1)Dirigida por la ex editora de modas y experta en belleza Mary Alice Stephenson, GLAM4GOOD, que se puede encontrar en The Huffington Post, ofrece cambios de imagen que cambian la vida, regalos espectaculares y aventuras en modas que transforman a las mujeres. Maria Menounos, presentadora del programa "EXTRA", estrella de la serie "Chasing Maria Menounos" y autora, se une a la misión ya que cree que toda mujer debe tener acceso a la belleza, tanto si es una experiencia de alfombra roja o simplemente utilizando productos de belleza de buena calidad cada mañana. Juntos, Suave, GLAM4GOOD, Maria y el estilista Leonardo Rocco están infundiendo este sentimiento en todo el país, dando arreglos de cabello a las mujeres y, con un simple clic, a todo el país, regalándoles una muestra gratis de productos NEW Natural Infusion.

"Como GLAM4GOOD, Suave cree que todas las mujeres se merecen un toque de glamour", dijo David Rubin, vicepresidente de Mercadeo de Productos para el Cabello de Unilever en los Estados Unidos. "La colaboración nos permite trabajar juntos por una gran causa, otorgando arreglos de cabello a mujeres en todo el país usando productos accesibles de calidad de profesional. Estamos encantados de continuar nuestro compromiso de ayudar a las mujeres a vivir con belleza todos los días".

Leonardo Rocco Styling Hair
Menounos dio inicio a la campaña esta mañana en Nueva York, donde estilistas de Suave Professionals incluyendo a Leonardo Rocco, ofrecieron arreglos de cabello y muestras gratis de los productos de la colección NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion a mujeres en Broadway Plaza en Times Square. La nueva línea ofrece tres colecciones de cuidado del cabello que no contienen
parabenos ni tintes:
 Productos de la colección NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Anti-Rotura y Fortalecimiento con jengibre Awapuhi
 Productos de la colección NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Humectantes con aceite de macadamia
 Productos de la colección NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion All Day Body con algas marinas

About Suave
For over 70 years, Suave has been committed to creating professional-quality products for consumers that work as well as high-end salon brands. The brand is challenging consumers everywhere to Rethink Suave®, and rediscover the quality that is in every bottle they sell. As one of America's top selling hair care brands, Suave offers a line of shampoos, conditioners and styling products that are proven to work as well as salon brands. The brand's commitment to quality is why more than half of American households choose Suave. For more information, visit www.suave.com.

About GLAM4GOOD
GLAM4GOOD is a fashion movement, community and organization that ignites positive social change through style by harnessing the healing power, joy and attention of fashion. Spearheaded by world-renowned style and beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson, GLAM4GOOD partners with nonprofits, fashion and beauty brands to provide life changing makeovers, dramatic giveaways and transformative fashion experiences for everyday heroes and people in need. Stephenson has served as fashion director, editor and stylist for the top fashion magazines and styled Hollywood's biggest stars. In 2013, Stephenson partnered with The Huffington Post to launch a new platform for GLAM4GOOD that shares inspiring stories of transformation and empowerment through fashion, style and beauty.

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Makeup

Let’s face it, buying makeup can get expensive. And the only thing worse than the expense is realizing that you really don’t use certain products very often. Did you know many of the products you have can serve more than one purpose?
With that in mind, Casey Casterline, co-founder of eDivv.com, a popular beauty sample swapping site, offers up some ways to get the most out of the makeup in your daily regimen.
“I live in a small New York City apartment, if I didn't come up with creative ways to use the products, I wouldn't have any place to sleep,” says Casterline. The following tips are great ways to use products in a unique fashion or have them pull double-duty.
Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Makeup
  • Mascara Wands
    • Use as eyebrow brushes or spritz a little hairspray on them and use to tame pesky flyaways.
  • Foundation
    • If it doesn’t match your skin tone it may serve perfectly as an eye shadow primer.
  • Lip Sticks
    • Have your lipstick pull double-duty as a blush if you realize you’ve run out at the last minute.
  • Powder Eye Liner
    • Add a little water to powder eye liner to turn it into a liquid for a different look.
  • Eye Shadow
    • Shadows that match your roots can easily be brushed in to hide them if your hair has grown out a bit.
    • Apply a dark shadow to your eyelashes prior to your mascara to give them a boost in volume.
  • Plain Lip Balm
    • Apply around the inside of the eye with your finger to act as a highlighter.
  • Hairspray
    • Allow a light mist of hairspray to fall on your face after you’ve applied your makeup to set it for the day.
  • Eye Cream
    • Use a hydrating eye cream in the place of lip balm if you run out. It will keep your lips supple and give them a light shine.
About eDivv.com: eDivv launched in 2014 and was created by Casey Casterline and Jon Katz. It was the first online community created exclusively for users to swap beauty samples. As an avid subscriber to many beauty subscription boxes, Casey was frequently frustrated when she received products that she wasn’t interested in. In response, Casey and Jon went on a mission to develop a platform that would bring users together to effectively facilitate the trading of beauty samples in a fun and effortless way.
For additional information, visit www.edivv.com.

Step Up Your Game: Accessories For Your Kicks

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AGLIT ITALY is the only fashion accessory footwear company creating luxury products for the vast world of footwear.  The brand launched with lambskin leather laces at their Holiday 2013 pop up store in New York City and online at AglitItaly.com.  Currently, there are more than 20 colors available in lambskin leather, 3 metallic foil wrapped leather laces, 6 colors available in suede and the exclusive Rugged Camo calfskin (March 8) with all varieties offered in a choice of nickel or gold tips.  All creative direction and photography for the brand is executed by G M D Three.
For more information visit www.aglititaly.com.
L_002296_AI_smallI spoke with the AGLIT ITALY Brand Director, Vaitari Anderson, to find out just exactly who these luxe laces are made for.

"We are in a DIY world regarding fashion and this Spring customizing your footwear experience with color and texture is no different.  Many men who are into footwear have purchased the same shoe many times over and their footwear experience has lost much of its excitement.  AGLIT ITALY leather laces allow men to show a bit more of their personality and brings some excitement back to mens footwear experience.”

IG AD 4Be look on the out for these laces upgrading the sneakers and shoes of your favorite celebs! Get ‘em before they blow up and your favorite laces are sold out!
Speaking of upgrades…here’s a throwback. Enjoy!



P&G’s Orgullosa Launches the Nueva Latina Campaign to Celebrate and Showcase the Unique Experience of the Bicultural, Modern Latina

Orgullosa_09Last night, Procter & Gamble's (NYSE:PG) Orgullosa program – a platform created in 2011 to celebrate, empower and fuel Latinas’ accomplishments and dreams – unveiled its Nueva Latina campaign, a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers women to define what it means to be a bicultural, modern Latina – the Nueva Latina. As part of the launch, Orgullosa debuted its production of the Nueva Latina Monologues in New York City which personifies the unique and complex Latina experience in the U.S. Orgullosa teamed up with popular Latina director and writer, Linda Nieves-Powell, to bring to life some of the real-life stories, topics and cultural themes that surround today's Latina in an effort to spark national dialogue and participation via its online community.

The Event
The campaign kicked off at the Helen Mills Theater where it celebrated with over 100 VIP guests in attendance. Guests were treated to an exclusive "Chicas Night Out" experience filled with entertainment, unlimited access to a beauty bar where stylists touched up hair, and special beauty care sampling of Olay®, Venus®, Clairol and Pantene® products, among other gifts. Special guests, Roselyn Sánchez and La La Anthony, were present as honorary guests and shared their personal anecdotes as bicultural Latinas.

"I'm so happy and honored to celebrate what it means to be a Latina of today. As Latinas we have so much cultural pride on where we come from and where we are going,” said Sánchez. "It's important to be able to share our blended cultures with others. It makes me proud to highlight everything that makes us unique and everything that we have accomplished as a community."

Orgullosa_06The Nueva Latina Monologues
Orgullosa recognizes that while there is a lot of pride in being a Latina, women experience ongoing “cultural cross roads” that aren’t always defined. With the help of Nieves-Powell, director and producer of award-winning plays and short stories, Orgullosa personified the Latina experience through a scripted performance that conveyed emotion, comedy and authenticity on culturally-relevant themes that aren't widely discussed.

While the U.S. Latina experience is vast and broad, Nieves-Powell focused on developing scripts that reflect topics and themes that many bicultural women could identify with and rally behind such as: the blending of two cultures, balancing family expectations and traditions, sustaining language and breaking Latino cultural idiosyncrasies and stereotypes.

“I was excited to partner with Orgullosa to give a voice to the bicultural Latina,” said Nieves-Powell. “I wanted to capture the evolution and journey of this woman, from her cultures colliding while growing up, to her triumphs in successfully balancing the two worlds. Ultimately, it portrays that today’s Latina is proud of who she is and is fully embracing her dual lifestyles,” added Nieves-Powell.

The Campaign
Through its Nueva Latina campaign, Orgullosa aims to showcase the diversity of the Hispanic experience by soliciting real-life testimonials from its online community. It also celebrates the undeniable bond that Latinas share as “mujeres con La Falda Bien Puesta™”, which literally translates to “women who have their skirts well placed” – or women who don’t settle for walking the same path, but make a new one every day.

A recent study conducted by ORC International on behalf of Orgullosa found that while almost all Latinas (98 percent) are proud of their culture, an overwhelmingly 89 percent of those surveyed feel equally as American as they do Latina. However, a little over half (54 percent) feel that media portrayals of modern bicultural Latinas are not accurate representations; and over half (57 percent) feel that being a bicultural Latina can sometimes be stressful.

"At P&G, we understand that there is no singular definition to describe the Latina experience or her ongoing efforts to balance two cultural worlds," said Luis Restrepo, Brand Manager for Orgullosa. "The Nueva Latina campaign offers a unique forum for Latinas to discuss their own opinions, observations and even share stories of their own experience through the Orgullosa community."

To support its Nueva Latina campaign, Orgullosa activities will include:

  • Providing exclusive online access to the Nueva Latina Monologues via its Orgullosa Facebook page that will be supported by key activations to mobilize participation starting the week of March 17th
  • A special showing of the Nueva Latina Monologues at Hispanicize -- the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, advertising, PR, film, music and innovation
  • Debut of Orgullosa's blogger ambassadors to support Nueva Latina initiatives: Queen of Swag (Los Angeles), Traveling Latina (Chicago) and Mama Contemporánea (New York)
  • Integrated print and online media partnerships that celebrate everyday inspirational women that embody the Nueva Latina spirit

To learn more about Orgullosa's Nueva Latina or to be part of the community, please visit Orgullosa Facebook page or register at Orgullosa.com.

Post-it Notes Get A Makeover From Fashion Expert and Stylist Brad Goreski @mrbradgoreski

Post-it_Super_Sticky_Notes_-_BangkokThe iconic Post-it Note takes on a refreshed, global flare in the new Colors of the World collection by Post-it Brand from 3M, embracing the unique vibe of four premier destinations. The collection’s worldly style and colors capture the essence of top regions around the globe, including Bangkok, Mykonos, New York City and Rio de Janeiro. With this launch, internationally recognized stylist Brad Goreski celebrates the latest trends in color, all inspired by these exotic locales.

“Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that’s always in style is color,” said Brad Goreski, Post-it Brand Color Ambassador. “I am consistently inspired whenever I travel, and I love seeing how the Post-it Brand Colors of the World collection brings the hues from four very chic destinations to life, offering a color scheme inspired by the energy of these places.”

Modern, adventurous, authentic and expressive, the Post-it Brand Colors of the World collection embodies the quintessential spirit of four exciting regions with a vibrant display of colors that mirrors the style and culture of the locations they are inspired by. The array of colors is as diverse as each of the four destinations, ranging from eye-catching bright hues to carefree contemporary shades.

Post-it_Super_Sticky_Notes_-_MykonosThe new Post-it Brand Colors of the World collection palettes include:

  • Bangkok – The streets of Bangkok are alive with enchantment, featuring a diversity of flavors, influences, sights and sounds that blend together for a unique fusion. The city’s deep-rooted traditions paired with the sense of discovery and new adventure it offers on every corner informed the playful, upbeat hues of the Bangkok color products. The exotic flair of these shades invites exploration and makes a bold statement.
  • Mykonos – A glamorous island destination full of authentic charm and splendor, Mykonos is where the ancient and the modern intersect on the shores of the Aegean Sea. The region is well known for the iconic shades of blue and white that dot its vistas, which inspired the Mykonos Color Collection. The cool, crisp and effortless hues feel stylish yet tranquil, bringing a welcome calm.
  • New York City – The “city that never sleeps” is a universal capital of opportunity, excitement and experimentation that makes its mark on everyone who visits. Known for being a melting pot with influences spanning from around the globe, New York City has its own distinct spirit that is palpable. The New York City Color Collection features contemporary hues ranging from grays and blues reflective of the city’s endless steel, stone, gridiron and skyscrapers to the glowing yellow hue that lights up the world-famous skyline each night.
  • Rio de Janeiro – Known as the “Marvelous City,” Rio de Janeiro is set against an exhilarating mix of mountains, beaches, rainforests and deep blue sea, making it one of the most colorful cities in the world with a rhythm all its own. Expressive, attention-grabbing colors make up the Rio de Janeiro color palette representing this city that is at once bustling yet laid back. These bold and bright tropical shades are sure to turn heads.

Post-it_Super_Sticky_Notes_-_Rio_de_Janeiro“For over three decades, the Post-it Brand has been offering new ways to bring color into people’s lives, from important everyday tasks like communication and organization, to the colorful and innovative products that help trigger creativity and inspire big ideas,” said Jeff Hillins, global business director for Post-it Brand. “The Post-it Brand Colors of the World collection was designed with the idea that color can transport you to new places and spark new ideas, while offering you even more ways to express your personality and style.”

Enter the Post-it Come Alive with Color Sweepstakes at Post-it.com/Color now through March 15 for a chance to win a trip for two to New York City, where the culture and colors of all the Post-it Note Color regions will come together for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Post-it_Super_Sticky_Notes_-_NYCThe Post-it Brand Come Alive with Color campaign helps benefit Publicolor, a non-profit organization dedicated to countering the low high school graduation rate in New York City by engaging high-risk students in their education through a continuum of design-based programs and academic support that teaches students to think critically about their future and prepare for collage and career.

The Post-it Brand Colors of the World collection is available in a variety of sizes, all featuring Post-it Super Sticky Notes, and priced from $5.99. Visit Post-it.com/Color to explore all of the Post-it Note Color Cities, browse through the colorful sights that inspired the palettes and learn more about the products available in the collection. Post-it Brand Colors of the World products are available at office superstores and mass merchandise retailers nationwide.

Doctors, Chefs, Athletes, and Authors to Headline the 4th Annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival

veg festCardiologists, restaurant owners, vegan chefs, and world-class athletes will be among those taking the stage at the 4th annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival, March 1-2, in Manhattan.

There will also be more than 100 vendors of vegan lifestyle products and foods, many offering samples. Rounding out the attractions will be stand-up comedy, craft activities and storytelling for children, and a raffle benefiting the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.

Festival organizers said the event is designed to appeal to a variety of consumers, not just vegans/vegetarians. “Don’t let the name mislead you. This Festival is for non-vegetarians and vegetarians alike,” said Festival co-founder Sarah Gross. “If you’re interested in good food, new products, health and wellness, or simply looking for something entertaining (and educational) for both you and your kids, this is a must-attend event!”

The Festival is presented under the auspices of the U.S. Veg Corp. It was launched in 2011 as a one-day event. However, overflow crowds and an entrance line stretching 4 city blocks for most of the day convinced the organizers to double capacity. "The interest in this event has been incredible with people traveling from all over the world to attend. Every year we strive to make the event bigger and better to keep up with the demand and provide patrons and participants alike an enjoyable experience with lots of take-aways," said the Festival’s other co-founder, Nira Paliwoda.

A complete listing of presenters and vendors can be found at http://nycvegfoodfest.com/.

Dr. Robert Ostfeld, a Yale- and Harvard-trained cardiologist, will be one of this year’s speakers. His presentation will cover the benefits of a plant-based diet for heart health. Another cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn, will present “Ten Holistic Tips to Strengthen Your Heart.”

The chef/owners of the acclaimed Vedge restaurant in Philadelphia will also be on hand. Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby plan to offer up delectable recipes and stories from the cutting edge of vegan cuisine.

Award-winning runner, reporter, and author Ellen Jaffe Jones will give two talks, including “Managing a Vegan Diet on a Shoestring,” which aims to counter the popular misconception that vegan diets are only for upscale trendsetters.

Latham Thomas, the author of Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy, will give a talk and sign copies of her popular books.

Other presenters during the weekend will include chef Kevin Archer, animal rights lawyers Mariann Sullivan and Sherry F. Colb, dietitian Ashley Koff, popular bloggers Lauren Walls and Jasmin Singer, Steve “Sproutman” Meyerwitz, personal trainer Greg Sher, and Comedy Central’s favorite vegan comedian, Myq Kaplan, will deliver one of his hilarious routines.

Notable chefs from The Natural Gourmet Institute will be conducting delicious cooking demonstrations, while the NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Families Meetup will be on hand at the Kumquat Kids Area where the schedule is packed all weekend with fun and educational activities for kids of all ages.

Among the exhibitors, Festival-goers can look up Nuttin’ Ordinary (raw vegan spreads), Plant Fusion (protein supplements), Just the Food (fusion tacos), Rescue Chocolate (bars and truffles, with profits benefiting animal welfare), and Alchemy Creamery (dairy-free ice cream), among many others.

A complete listing of presenters and vendors can be found at http://nycvegfoodfest.com/.

The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://2014nycvegfoodfest.chirrpy.com/ or at the door.

Nailed It: Vixens Rule The Runway At The Blondes Fall/Winter 2014 Show

Last night, at Milk Studios The Blondes set it off with their Fall/Winter 2014 Collection that was all about good girls gone bad aka The Vixen!
The beauty looks at The Blondes runway shows are always dramatic...these are looks for the stage, music videos or any momentous occasion really...they've worked with Beyonce, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj.This season I got an even closer look at one of the beauty elements that are so integral to The Blondes: The Nails by CND!
 

I went backstage right before the show and go the skinny about it. Professional nail care company CND unveiled 23 unique nail designs at The Blondes Fashion Show in New York City. The Blond girl this season is a true vixen – she knows the difference between right and wrong but chooses to err on the dark side.

The clothing and nails at the show expressed a modern twist on classic comic book villains, including Cat Woman, Poison Ivy and The Joker, and the results of this fashion collaboration truly took the art of nail design to an unprecedented level.
The total number of hours spent creating the 23 nail looks for the show: 850 hours!    “Our elite Education Ambassadors are hand selected for their talent and appreciation of art, from sculpture to color theory and beyond,” said CND Co-founder Jan Arnold. “Building upon this artistic foundation, our team created looks for The Blonds that tie in beautifully with our ‘Modern Folklore’ trend prediction for Fall 2014, lush with embellished, bespoke and handmade craftsmanship. We don’t paint nails backstage at Fashion Week – we transform them into mini-masterpieces.”

The nail designs showcased at The Blonds show reveal the pop culture element of CND’s Fall Fashion story for nails. The handmade works of art are sharp, strong, bold and intricate with extreme and pointed shapes.

 

CND’s artists handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with Retention+TM Liquid & Powder and BrisaTM Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND ShellacTM and VINYLUXTM. CND finalized the looks with unique embellishments, including jagged vintage jewels, Swarovski crystals, chains, pearls, leather, glitter, foil, velvet and more for a rich seductive finish. These ornate designs, created in the CND Design Lab, truly represent CND’s unique partnership with The Blonds and showcase their unrivaled artistry at New York Fashion Week.

“CND continues to amaze us with nails that raise the bar each season,” said The Blonds designers Phillipe and David Blond. “They bring so much passion and expertise to the table and the collaborative process is an inspiring experience. Each of our models walks down the runway showcasing two incredible looks – one on her body and one on her nails. You don’t see that at other shows.”

“As our exclusive designer partner this season in New York, we love that The Blonds truly appreciate our art form and allow us to push the artistic envelope even further as the years go by,” said Jan Arnold. “Their avant-garde aesthetic and creative energy provide the perfect canvas for our artistry. We look forward to making runway magic with them for a long time to come.”

Australian Designers Make Waves At New York Fashion Week At Fashion Palette Runway Show

FASHION PALETTE, Australia’s premiere platform for independent designers seeking exposure at New York Fashion Week showcased three outstanding talents.

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Australian designers continued to dominate New York Fashion Week. On February 11th at the Fashion Palette New York runway show three distinct designers Philippa Galasso, Tightology and Steven Khalil showcased their Fall 2014 collections.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014Fashion Palette, a premiere organization created to facilitate exposure and brand awareness for independent Aussie designers in the global marketplace showcased an array of emerging and established Aussie designers at Pier 59.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

Following pre runway buzz on NYMAG.com’s designer inspiration mood board, and Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for 2014 - editors, bloggers and fashion buyers from around the globe were eager to see the Fall/Winter 14 collections turned out by designers, including established eveningwear designer Steven Khalil, up and coming designer, Philippa Galasso and contemporary legwear brand Tightology. Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

Each collection stayed true to the designer’s signature form and did not disappoint.

Showing for the second time at NYFW, Philippa Galasso expanded her collection this season, adding long gowns, with beaded embellishments, leather and feather accents in rich hues of navy blue and emerald green.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014ABOUT PHILIPPA GALASSO: Philippa Galasso is the fresh, young talent behind the eponymous Philippa Galasso eveningwear label. Her collections, which originated in Sydney, Australia, have gained a global reputation for their mystical shades, cutting-edge shapes, striking lines and delicate fabrics. The designer’s quintessentially feminine silhouettes have been especially well received in France, where she showcased her collection at the ‘Festival de Cannes’ in 2012 and appeared in Elle Magazine Paris. Philippa — whose credentials include an Australian Wool Award and a diploma from Sydney’s prestigious Ultimo TAFe College — debuted her Summer 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week in September.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

As always Steven Khalil turned out show-stopping gowns, in an assortment of colors from white to rose gold with laser cut accents, and in a departure from his usual look, he added a black long calf length dress with a full skirt in water washed French silk.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014ABOUT STEVEN KHALIL: Steven Khalil, a designer at the forefront of Australian eveningwear and bridal couture, creates sophisticated and romantic gowns with timeless appeal.  Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014The Steven Khalil brand is synonymous with luxury. His handcrafted gowns are a go-to for stylish stars, including Keira Knightley and Aussie celebrities Delta Goodrem and Kate Richie. Steven’s designs, renowned for their custom fit and superior quality, have attracted a client base from all over the world.Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

Tightology chose to keep it simple, having the tights speak for themselves sending an intriguing fusion of bold prints and colorful patterns down the runway with models styled with severe hair buns parted down the middle by Cutler Salon and minimal makeup by AJ Crimson.Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

ABOUT TIGHTOLOGY: Tightology established in 2009, Tightology is an Australian company devoted entirely to the production of original and contemporary legwear. The label, which offers its apparel in a variety of colors and patterns, has become a leading brand across the globe.Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014 Tightology fuses style with environmental consciousness by using fair-trade practices and sustainably sourced materials to create its must-have tights and socks. The label’s approach to design is a product of the team’s core belief —lead, don’t follow. Beyond creating unique designs, the brand also pledges to provide quality. Tightology offers playful, bold apparel suitable for all occasions.Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014 .